Job scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • they want you to collect and forward money in any way (a "money mule" job). You'll wind up engaged in money laundering, personally defrauded via expertly forged cheques, money orders, etc, or defrauding someone else who pays for goods that never arrive.
  • they want you to receive packages and reship them somewhere else. The goods will have been obtained fraudulently, and they're just using you to make the shipping address appear local. You will be aiding fraud.
  • they want up-front payment (either to them or someone else) of any sort for anything before you can get the job. This is advance fee fraud: there is no job -- it's just a big con to extract money from you.
  • they want you to buy any kind of "membership" or "kit" in order to start. Forget it -- it's not a real job at all: they're trying to sell you something, and they're probably making a bunch of other false claims about it if they're pitching it as a "job".
  • it's a job offer, and it's spam. There are LOTS of these scams about, as you can see.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Prada Associate (impostor)

You may have heard that the Devil wears Prada. Well, one of her minons is pretending to represent Prada. This is a money mule job where they send you forged checks (or similar) and expect you to bank them and send back 90% of the proceeds. The check "clears" (meaning you can draw on it), and then bounces later. The @ reply-to addresses used by this scammer are freemail addresses that anyone can sign up for.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Prada Associate <notice[@]>
Date: 15-Jun-2007 06:52
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

I am ALAN COLEMAN, C.E.O of PRADA ASSOCIATE. Registration No. 144761,a
Subsidiary of Prada Clothing, which its like every other marketing
Company of Prada Associate. Our company is based in the United Kingdom.
Business had been a profitable one for us, we make sales here in the
U.K, Europe, United State of America and also in Canada. We are into
of Prada product such as cloths, Bags, Shoes, Wristwatch, Jewelries,
Leather product, Perfumes and the likes. Prada Associates needs a
And a trustworthy person to take up is position. Work 4-7hrs per week
And between 500$ to 2000$. And each event you attend on behave of Prada
Associate will attract additional pay. And we saw your Resume on the
Jobsite so I made you this offer. We have recently been having hard
Receiving transaction payment in US fund, most of our customers want
Prefers to make payment in US fund either through Banker's Draft, Money
Orders or Checks and Bank transfer. This has been a developing problem
For us as it is stressful and time consuming to clear US fund here in
London and that is why we need a RELIABLE Representative/Account clerk
Work with me. Also need a good representative of Prada Associate in all
Events such as Fashion shows, Exhibitions and every important event.
You as our accountant will do a simple task of receiving transaction
Payment on our behalf, deduct your pay and have the remaining fund
Transferred to us or any of the warehouses that we transact with. You
will also
Have a benefit of receiving 10% of every payment received on our behalf
And will also have the opportunity to pay his/her self from the amount
Received. Please note that Tax and other charges during transaction
Be from our pocket not yours! It is also important for you to know that
Working with us will not disturb your other jobs.


Applicants Should:

1. Be at least a high school graduate.
2. Be working at present, as this job will only be a part time work.
***Applicant without any job presently may apply also if comfortable
part time job too***
3. Be 20 years old and above also very trustworthy.
4. Applicant must have access to computer/internet to be able to
Receive and send e-mails.

Experience in account receivable and payables is welcomed***APPLICANT
WITH NO SUCH EXPERIENCE CAN APPLY TOO*** As long as you will take to
Instructions and regularly update us. If having interest in working
Prada Associate, Kindly e-mail us attaching your RESUME on
and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Email us back here to Resume:


Chief Executive Officer

9 Northumberland Avenue,
London, WC2N 5BX
+44 702 408 3581
+44 702 406 6174
Thanks for your anticipated action.

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